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Doreen's first book, Flowers In Needlepoint Lace is available to buy through this website - go to our bookshop page for more details.
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Doreen Holmes
Doreen Holmes
As a full time primary teacher, Doreen began Bobbin Lace making in 1984,
when three eleven-year-old girls wanted to learn the craft. That was when she met Nenia Lovesey. A friendship developed and she was taught Needle Lace by Nenia, who revived this craft in the UK. Doreen produced her first piece of work to be included in Nenia's first book.

Doreen began teaching Needle Lace and wrote her first book, Flowers in Needlepoint Lace (aimed at beginners) in 1987, followed by two subsequent books: Needlepoint Lace in the Town and Needlepoint Lace in the Countryside. Unfortunately these books are now out of print but you can purchase copies of the first book, through this website.

Teaching Needle Lace and Stumpwork, has for Doreen, now become a full time hobby, teaching in the UK (including a class of nine year olds), Belgium and in Canada. She has exhibited work in Finland, Canada and at the Zele Needle Lace school in Belgium. She was taught Stumpwork or Raised Embroidery, by Barbara Hurst many years ago.
Every year Doreen tutors at Ushaw College, Durham, for the Northumbria Lace Makers. This began in 1989 and those students have now become firm friends, so much so that they travel from across the UK, with their husbands, to her home in Somerset for the Needle Lace course in February and April.

While the ladies make lace and chat the men paint, walk and develop their photography skills. Go to the residential courses page for more details.

Doreen was a founder member of the Guild of Needle Laces and was, twice, Editor for the magazine, "Needle 'n' Thread", a 24-page magazine produced 3 times a year for the Guild.

Recently Doreen has been involved in stitching  samplers.  Ackworth School (Quaker school) had samplers stolen from the wall in the school, so volunteers from the Sampler Guild offered to stitch copies to hang on the wall so that the originals could be kept in a safe place.  Doreen stitched  a copy of “ Sarah Clarke” originally worked by a 13 year old girl in 1804.  Ackworth Samplers are recognisable by their hexagons and half hexagons - all the girls
had to work a sampler before they left the school but they were stitched in their spare time!

Doreen is involved in all kinds of stitching work, Ribbon embroidery, Canvas work, Blackwork, Reticella lace, Patchwork and Quilting plus the Counted thread, Stumpwork (sometimes known as Raised Embroidery) and Needlelace.

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